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Poem: Highway

Anne is a writer with a passion for self-expression and publishing.

What Does It Mean?

Do you ever just see something and think, I could write a poem about that? I guess that's what happened to me when I wrote this piece. I had the image of a highway stuck in my head and felt the need to express it in poetic form.

Do you ever just see something and think, I could write a poem about that? I guess that's what happened to me when I wrote this piece. I had the image of a highway stuck in my head and felt the need to express it in poetic form.

About This Poem

So, I was looking through an old book of poetry that I wrote when I stumbled upon this poem. It was quite incomplete, and quite unfinished, so I figured as I typed it here I would add more to the poem. I feel like it turned out a lot better than I was expecting it to for that reason. Something about when you go back to something you wrote years ago and get a fresh set of eyes on it again is magical. The way the words and phrases seem different to you and you can come up with better lines to enhance the meaning and overall mood of the piece. I feel like that's what I did here, or at least, that's what I was hoping to accomplish with it. Sometimes I find myself writing something and not knowing exactly how to continue the poem. Writers block with poetry can seem absolutely killer sometimes, but when you come back to something days, months, or even years later, it could significantly change how you view it in the process.

This is a poem I wrote a while back called "Highway". My own assessment of this piece is simply that I wanted to describe what a highway looked like and compare that with the meaning of life. The simplicity of this piece is speaking to the human condition, the passing of time, life in itself. The poem I wrote is below for you to read and enjoy. I hope you will find it interesting and let me know what you think about it in the comments below! Thank you for reading and supporting me!

Highway

The dimly lit sky passing by

Trees and mountains along the side

Giant silver objects aglow in red

Pass each other on a painted line


Transmissions, speeding through to the gateway of life

Passing through the triumphs, struggles, and the strife

Milestones and markers remind us of where we have been

Of the loves once known, the troubles, the sins

Two directions, painted either way

The decision to turn to the left or the right

The decision that you will make today

May determine your future, whether dim or bright

Up ahead, across the bridge, a shimmering light

The end of it all, the passing of time


Giant silver objects, aglow in red

Pass each other on a painted line.

What's Your Inspiration?

Now, it's your turn! What is an object that you would write a poem like this about? Try to pick a simple object and write a poem about it!

Now, it's your turn! What is an object that you would write a poem like this about? Try to pick a simple object and write a poem about it!

Reflection

Okay, so I wanted to add this section to the article to maybe inspire some creativity in other writers here on the platform. If you were to pick an object or scene to write a poem about, what would you choose? What symbolic meaning would you attach to it? I think something cool to try is come up with a list of different objects and put them in a hat. Then, draw one out randomly and see what you can come up with. What is the object a metaphor for to you? What meaning can you draw from the object other than the literal meaning? I encourage you to try this out yourself and explore the different possibilities in your writing! You might come up with something cool and totally unique! I always like to think of my writing as an experiment or a recipe where I am constantly adding or changing things, bringing in different elements to any of the pieces that I am working on. I find if you go to your writing with that type of mindset, the editing and revising process becomes much more fun instead of boring because you are looking for more ways to add "flavor" and uniqueness to your writing. It should never be a chore, but something fun that you enjoy doing. I hope you will take these tips and advice and maybe try to come up with your own unique poem, story, or idea!

Comments

Anne Marie Carr (author) from Richmond, VA on May 28, 2021:

Thanks for reading!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 28, 2021:

Wonderful poem.

I do believe we use a new set of eyes whenever we come across a piece we have written in the past.

Somehow those words just aren't up to par and we need to edit it, making it fresh.

Love your ideas about keeping the spark alive to write, but I don't have time to put words in a hat to draw them out.

I'm certain it would be inspirational though.

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